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January 23, 2015

Turning to Jesus for Strength & Perspective

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God’s timing is amazing, so intentional. We had felt led to another adoption, even though we had not yet been home a year from our previous adoption.  We started to look at the list of older girls needing to be adopted from China.  Once God led us to Hong, we realized that we only had eight months before she aged out of the program.  China bent over backwards to get all the paperwork done on time, allowing us to arrive one week before Hong would have aged out.  Once we were in China, we had a strong feeling that if God had not called us to Hong, she would not have had an adoptive family.   We were so thankful for God prompting us to adopt again.  We are so thankful for His perfect timing.  God so clearly guided us to bring Hong into our family.  She is the youngest of … Continue reading

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January 21, 2015

A Letter From Your Foster Child

Thanks to Serena Hanson, alumni of the foster care system in Kansas, for allowing us to share her heart and insight through this letter from your foster child… Dear Foster Parent, I am the child in your home. I am the child who says and does things that melt your heart in one moment, but, I am also the child who amazes you with the ways I “act out” in the very next moment.   I am the kid who arrived at your door with only the emotional baggage I carry on the inside and the trash bag, in my hand, holding a few key items. I am the teenager who makes decisions you don’t understand, says things that hurt, and has an attitude beyond measure.  I am the young person you drive all over to take me to my countless appointments that fill your calendar each week. I am the … Continue reading

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January 16, 2015

It wasn’t in our plans…but it was God’s plan!

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 Never in a million years would we have imagined we’d be back on the paperwork trail planning to head back to China six months after completing our first adoption, but it was happening. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves the parents of two beautiful girls who will be amputees. This was certainly not what we had planned our life to look like, but apparently God had other plans (and they are pretty amazing!)… On Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 we were glancing through our adoption agency’s most recent report from the China team. Included in this report were some children listed for the first time by our … Continue reading

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January 14, 2015

Ways to Use Your Adoption Fund

It is our joy to partner with over 340 churches and ministries in 42 states across the United States as we help administer their Adoption Funds. As you may know, Adoption Funds typically have been a resource for adoptive families to help bridge the financial barrier of adoption through creative adoption funding. And while that is still a primary function of our Adoption Funds, we have seen churches wanting to go beyond adoption and use their funds to help families around the world. Ways You Can Use Your Adoption Adoption Adoption Funding - giving adoption funding (grants and/or interest free loans) to couples in your church  Outside the Walls - financially supporting adoptive families beyond your church — families from your city or state Adoption Without Borders - helping Ukraine Christian couples adopt indigenously through adoption funding Post Adoption Support – providing the cost to give post-adoption counseling to transitioning and struggling adoptive families Orphan Care Partnership … Continue reading

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January 12, 2015

Host a LIVE Simulcast {Empowered to Connect Conference}

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  The Empowered to Connect Conference on April 10-11, 2015 will feature researchers from Texas Christian University and experts in the field of research-based interviews for children from hard places. It will be an invaluable experience for professionals and families alike who seek to provide hope and healing to children who have been adopted or are fostered.  If you have experienced the transformation this conference can have on a family, offer this event to your friends and family…to your community.  Priced low ($199.99 for every church or adoption ministry), this simulcast is an opportunity to provide support to these families where most communities lack the experience, the expertise and the answers to those in desperate need for help and guidance.  Let your local pastor, counselor, social worker or ministry leader know about this special opportunity to host the Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast! Learn more at www.showhope.org/be-hope/equipping-families/etc.

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January 9, 2015

Beginning to Feel Like a Cohesive Family {Family Friday}

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  “We’ve had nine very full weeks at home with our adopted son, Silas. He had shown affection on day one. He did so many normal, son-like things. He called us mom and dad. He called his brother “brother.” He obeyed instructions and let us hold him. He even slept in the same King-sized bed with us in the hotel. They were all beautiful, healthy signs. But they weren’t entirely authentic. After a couple of weeks, we saw more of his personality—and independence—coming out. He was much more like a two year old. He whined and cried and asked for things. He was very attached to his dad and would cry hysterically without him. Again, progress. At four weeks, and at home in Minnesota for the first time, some defensiveness crept up. He was obviously adapting to much, and perhaps realizing for the first time that this was a permanent … Continue reading

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January 7, 2015

8 Ways to Serve Orphaned Children in 2015

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With a new year, comes new goals and aspirations. Whether it’s an exercise goal, bucket list item to accomplish, parenting adjustments, or maybe the hope of bringing a son or daughter home into your forever family. As you think about this new year, consider Deuteronomy 10:18 where God’s love for the fatherless is shown: “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.” So while you are listing out your goals for the year, we hope and pray those goals include loving orphaned and vulnerable children…and that doesn’t always mean welcoming them into your home (although that is a beautiful thing!). There are countless ways to invest in the lives of children and advocate on their behalf. We have gathered 8 different Advocate Opportunities for you to tangibly and practically serve orphans in your day-to-day life with your family, friends … Continue reading

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